Corporate Social Responsibility
Because we want to leave the planet better than we found it!
Encouraging Responsible Business
Mercurius IT is proud to develop policies that encompass corporate social responsibility & corporate sustainability. Being a service oriented company; we regularly meet with customers & potential prospects to illustrate how well we can help their business. So it’s important we bring that same high standard to helping our own community, the environment, and specific causes that are personal to the Mercurius Team.
Mercurius and The Environment
Mercurius IT commits to reducing its Carbon Footprint. We calculated our Carbon Footprint for the year 2022-2023 (Pls refer to the Carbon Reduction policy published below).
Tackling our Carbon Footprint
To compensate for its 2022-2023 Carbon Footprint, Mercurius IT has supported two Nature based solution projects at Guatemala and Indonesia by liaising with Forest Carbon Ltd that leads the way for Woodland Creation and Peatland restoration services.
(The VCU was issued in accordance to Verified Carbon Standard protocols. The issuance and ownership of these instruments are tracked in Verra Registry using unique serial numbers to prevent double counting or double selling). Details about the instruments are listed below:
Katingan Peatland and Forest Conservation REDD+, Indonesia
(70 Verified Carbon Units retired on behalf of Mercurius IT Ltd)
About the project
This project has prevented the release of over 37 million tonnes of Carbon. This project protects and restores over 1,40,000 hectares of peatland eco-systems by also aiding locals build sustainable sources of income through agriculture, eco-tourism, agro-forestry and aqua-culture.
Sustainable Development Goals: In addition to delivering emissions reductions to take climate action (SDG 13), the project delivers several other benefits including:
- Decent Work and Economic Growth: A community development program runs across 34 villages and includes tree nurseries, an agroecology school and microfinance loans.
- Clean Water and Sanitation: Conservation activities improve the supply, consistency and quality of drinking water available.
- Gender Equality: Financial empowerment increases social mobility for women and inclusion in decision making processes.
Conservation Coast Forest Conservation REDD+, Guatemala
(75 Verified Carbon Units retired on behalf of Mercurius IT Ltd)
About the project
This project is active in protection of a critical migratory corridor including hundreds of bird species connecting North and South America. The project is the world’s largest grouped forest-based carbon project; hundreds of diverse landowners (including governmental, NGO, private and community) have joined hands to protect 675 parcels of forest making up a total of 59,341 hectares.
It is truly a landscape-scale and community-based project. Activities on the ground help to develop sustainable livelihoods that include working with local farmers on technical assistance, agricultural inputs and route to market for a variety of sustainably produced commodities such as spices and jungle leaves, as well as developing this beautiful coastline into a thriving eco-tourism hub.
The project is critical to local water supply, as municipal water comes from the watershed protected by this project. In addition, protecting forests along coastlines also can help in coastal defense and disaster risk reduction for local communities.
We have offset 145 Tonnes of Carbon (30% more than our Carbon Footprint in the year 2022-2023)
At Mercurius IT, corporate sustainability is all about reducing our carbon footprint and minimising our impact on the environment. With IT companies, there is always a question mark about the accurate disposal of hardware like servers, PC’s, and mobile devices.
We encourage our customers & suppliers to follow approved procedures for the recycling & disposal of out-of-date equipment and ensure that we comply with the government’s WEEE Directive (The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive).
- We recycle printer and toner cartridges.
- We buy and use fair trade products – tea, coffee, etc.
- We buy materials from suppliers that use sustainable sources.
- We carpool & bike to work.
- We ensure lights, computers and other equipment are switched off when not in use.
- We have replaced lighting with low energy bulbs.
- We turn the heating and air conditioning down a degree or two.
- We print and photocopy only when necessary and always do it double-sided.
Mercurius & The Local Community
Mercurius now owns Mercury – We support RLS 600 Campaign!
The Royal Latin School, a co-ed grammar school, was founded in Buckingham almost 600 years ago. It has a long tradition of providing a high-quality education with high expectations for all students both in and out of the classroom. It is one of the top-performing state schools in the country.
The RLS 600 Campaign aims to bring one of the oldest schools in England into the 21st Century and presents an opportunity to adopt a new approach which will be shared with schools in the UK and beyond.
Their vision is to create an exemplary learning environment that enables extraordinary achievement and prepares students – who are amongst the brightest young people in the UK – to build, and to succeed in, tomorrow’s world.
As a socially responsible organisation in Buckinghamshire, Mercurius IT supports RLS 600 Campaign. Mercurius has sponsored element Mercury in the RLS Periodic Table, as part of their drive to involve corporates in the campaign.
Mercurius IT is proud to be associated with the Royal Latin School!
Mercurius IT has sponsored the Milton Keynes under 15’s Rugby Union Football squad and encourages sport in the community. MKRUFC have benefitted from Mercurius’ sponsorship.
Mercurius IT also sponsors the Lincoln City Netball Club Under 16’s team as part of its advocacy of inclusive community sport.
It is said that “The most beautiful thing in the world is a child’s smile. The next best thing? Knowing that you are behind it”.
On the occasion of Christmas, Mercurius IT became ‘Secret Santa’ for the underprivileged children at Karuna Ghar (a day care shelter at Thane, India)by sponsoring 5 Gift Hampers containing sweaters, blankets, food items and hygiene products. We would like to thank Karuna Ghar for helping us spread joy and happiness.